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Chapter 1. My Soul Longs for You, O God • 9


As the deer longs for streams of water,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

My being thirsts for God, the living God.

When can I go and see the face of God?

My tears have been my food day and night,

as they ask daily, “Where is your God?”

Those times I recall

as I pour out my soul,

When I went in procession with the crowd,

I went with them to the house of God,

Amid loud cries of thanksgiving,

with the multitude keeping festival.

Why are you downcast, my soul;

why do you groan within me?

Wait for God, whom I shall praise again,

my savior and my God.

—Ps 42:2-6

God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us to love.

—St. Augustine